Japanese people seem to have a soft spot for children's toys, as yet another Twitter user proves
It was clearly a very well-loved toy, because Doraemon's entire face was completely gone:
But Doraemon was about to undergo a complete transformation, as its owner shipped it off to a friend!
First, the friend gave Doraemon a well-deserved bath:
Then it was time for restoration, à la 'Toy Story':
With the power of friendship and mad sewing skills, Doraemon came out looking like a whole new toy:
If that wasn't cute enough, the friend even wrote a short note that was attached with Doraemon for his homecoming
The note had a little Doraemon doodle saying, "Tadaima! (I'm home!)"
Although it seemed like an ordinary story, many netizens were touched by the care and detail that went in to restoring Doraemon
"Thank you for the tweets. A few tears came out," said Twitter user @satoru_rt.
Another user said, "The heart that cherishes things, the New Year warmed up quickly."
"Tears came out! Okaerinasai (welcome back)!" another user wished.